XAT 2021: Full Form, Exam Date, Registration, Login, Official Website, Latest News

Exam Date : January 3, 2021
Result Date : February 1, 2021

Do you want to study in a premium institute like XLRI Jamshedpur/ SPJIMR Mumbai/ IMT Ghaziabad? Then prepare for the  XAT exam. 

XLRI Delhi-NCR will accept applications for the PGDBM Program for the academic year 2021-23. The classes will commence from June 2021. Read the article given below and get detailed information on preparation, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, etc.

Latest News on XAT 2021

Latest Updates:

  • January 09, 2021: XAT Final Answer Key Released. Visit XAT Answer Key for the direct link to view answer key.
  • January 05, 2021: XAT 2021 Response sheet released. Visit XAT Answer Key for the latest updates on response sheet.
  • December 23, 2020: The mock tests for XAT 2021 are released. Candidates can start practising for the exam with these mock tests released by the conducting authority. Visit the XAT Mock Test and Sample Papers page for more practice papers.


What is XAT?

The full form of XAT is Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT 2021 is a National Level MBA Entrance Test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur. The entrance test is conducted on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for admission into Post Graduate Management Programmes across B-Schools of Xavier's group and other major B-schools in India.

Over 1,00,000 students are expected to appear for this exam and more than 150 institutes accept XAT Score for admissions.

XAT Exam

Registration for XAT 2021 has already begin from September 12, 2020  and will go on till December 10, 2020 

XAT 2021 score will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other reputed business-schools across India for admission into MBA/PGDM programs.

This exam is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur for MBA, PGDM admissions in XLRI and other associated colleges. XAT is one of the oldest competitive exams in the country that has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. Its score is being used by leading business schools for admissions, including the prestigious XLRI and other associated institutes. Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR course in Asia and is the Flagship Programme of the college. XAT is conducted once in every year. It is usually conducted in the month of January.

Cutoff for the XAT exam is generally decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear XAT Cut off 2021 set by the participating institutes to qualify for the selection rounds. International candidates can take GMAT and apply it through GMAT scores as well for admission. But they can apply only to the GMP - General Management Programme.

Now, let's take a look at all necessary details regarding the XAT 2021 exam which are listed out in the table given below.

XAT 2021
Elements Details
Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Acronym XAT
Exam Type National Level Screening Test (Post Graduate)
Organized By XLRI Xavier School of Management
Mode of Examination Online
Types of Question Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) with 5 options and one correct response
Marking Scheme For Correct Answer (+1 Mark). For Wrong Answer (-0.25 Mark), more than 8 unattempted questions will result in a deduction of 0.05 marks. There are no negative marks for the General Knowledge section.
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Exam Centres 72 cities
Eligibility 3 Years Bachelor's Degree (Minimum)
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800-267-4008 (Toll-Free)
Exam Website www.xatonline.in 
Email Support [email protected], [email protected]
Official Address XLRI Admission Office - C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand, India

XAT 2021 Exam Dates

The application form has already started from September 12, 2020 and will continue till December 10, 2020. However, this date will also be extended as per the official notice. The admit card will be released in the month of December 2020. The official dates have been released on the website and candidates can apply for the exam. The XAT 2021 Exam Date is scheduled to be on January 3, 2021. Candidates can check the other tentative dates below:

XAT 2021 Exam Dates
Events Important dates (tentative)
Application Start Date September 12, 2020
Application last date December 10, 2020  (Extended)
Admit card date December 21, 2020
Exam date January 3, 2021
Result date February 1, 2021
XAT Scorecard download window February 1, 2021

Candidates are advised to follow and regularly check in to this page for further updates and information about the XAT 2021 Exam dates and associated events, in order to avoid missing out anything important.

XAT 2021 Notification

The XAT 2021 Notification was released by the organizing body, which is the XLRI, on its official website. The Application procedure or process has started from the first week of September 2020, and end by the first week of December 2020. The Examination has been scheduled to be conducted on January 3, 2021 and the XAT 2021 Admit Card will be released on December 21, 2020. Candidates can regularly visit this page for further updates and information about the events associated with the XAT 2021 Exam. 

XAT 2021 Eligibility

The managing and organizing body of the XAT 2021 Exam, XLRI Jamshedpur has laid down certain eligibility criteria of XAT 2021 for the candidates to clear to be eligible for attending the exam. XAT Eligibility includes age, academic details, among other pre-requisites. Candidates must satisfy eligibility criteria for the XAT exam before filling up the application form. Eligibility for XAT is given below.

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree.
  • They should have done at least a 3-year program.
  • Candidates in the final year of their graduation degree can apply for the XAT exam, provided they should complete their degree by June 2021.
  • Interested candidates can attempt XAT and there is no age limit.
XAT Eligibility
Particulars Details
Age limit No upper age limit
Educational qualification Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree
Nationality NRI/Foreign/Indian

Candidates should note that there is no reservation except for the 5% relaxation to SC/ST/PwD candidates in the final year marks of their bachelor's degree. It is important that the candidates clearly verify whether they fulfil the eligibility criteria prior to applying for the XAT exam. They can regularly check in to this page for further updates and information regarding the exam.

XAT 2021 Syllabus

The XAT exam will be conducted on January 3, 2021. Candidates should make full use of this for the preparation. The question paper is divided into five different sections. For the XAT 2021 exam, the essay writing section is removed. So the other sections are Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and General Knowledge (GK). There is no strict curriculum for the GK section. Students ought to be thorough with the current affairs to score well in this section. The other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating the percentile. Some of the important topics which are included in the XAT syllabus for the exam are mentioned below: 

Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Para jumbled
  • Grammar
  • Paragraph completion
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension

Decision Making

  • Situational events
  • Case studies
  • Data arrangement
  • Analytical reasoning

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability

  • Tables, Graphs
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Profit and Loss
  • Speed and Distance
  • Clocks

General Knowledge

  • News
  • History
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Society updates

Marks obtained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile and in the counselling procedure, however, some of the institutes might consider GK's marks.

XAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The XAT 2021 Exam Pattern is being set by the organizing body of the exam, which is the XLRI, and candidates need to make a note of the same. The XAT exam pattern is very important for the candidates in order to get an overview of the types and the distribution of questions in the question paper. By knowing and understanding the layout of the question paper, they will be able to prepare accordingly and score very high. XAT exam has four sections - Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) and General Knowledge (GK).

  • Mode: XAT 2021 will be conducted online.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

The below-mentioned table contains XAT 2021 Exam Pattern. A breakdown of questions is given in the table.

XAT 2021  Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Number of Marks
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) 26 26
Decision Making (DM) 21 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 28 28
General Knowledge 25 25
Total 100 100 Marks

Candidates can check in with this page regularly for further updates or information related to the XAT 2021 Exam Pattern and also other associated events or sections.

XAT 2021 Application Process

The XAT 2021 Application Process will include the process of filling up the application form and registering for the XAT 2021 Examination. Candidates are required to go through the instructions clearly before filling up the application form, and also make sure that they clear the eligibility criteria set by the organizing body. Certain documents are required for registration and they are mentioned below.

Documents Required for XAT 2021 Application Form

Candidates must carry these documents with them before filling the XAT 2021 application form. These details include the personal information of the candidates, educational documents and many more details. All of these are discussed below.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth
  • Caste category certificate
  • Aadhar card
  • ID proof

Educational Documents

  • Class X certificate
  • Class XII certificate
  • School ID
  • Additional Educational Documents

The above-mentioned documents are mandatory for the candidates to submit at the time of the application process. Failing to submit the documents and proofs will lead to the application form to be deemed invalid. 

XAT 2021 Application Form

The XAT 2021 application form is available on the official website from September 12, 2020. The last date to apply for the XAT exam is on December 10, 2020. It is mandatory for the candidates to read the instructions carefully prior to filling up the XAT 2021 Application Form. It is also essential for them to make sure to clear the eligibility criteria before applying. Failing to satisfy the eligibility criteria will result in the application form to be invalid. 

Interested candidates can apply only through online. They have to pay the application fee of INR 1700. Apart from this for each program that they choose, they are bound to pay INR 300.

Earlier, a charge of INR 500 was levied on each XAT Registration done after the last date. But now they have waived-off the late fee.

XAT Exam Fees
Application Details Online
Registration Fee without late fee INR 1700
Individual Fee for each additional subject selected for XAT INR 300
Fee for Indian candidate only for GMP through GMAT INR 2500
Fee for NRI/Foreign candidates for one or more programs INR 5000


  • Candidates can apply for more than one programme in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every programme he or she chooses.
  • Candidates can take a printout of XAT 2021 application form for future use.

How to Register for XAT 2021?

Following the course of successfully verifying that the candidates have cleared the XAT eligibility criteria, they will have to register for the XAT 2021 Exam. The registration process comprises of certain steps for the procedure. 

Candidates can follow these steps given below to register for the XAT exam successfully. The XAT 2021 registration process is explained below.

  • Visit xatonline.in, choose the tab "New Registration" and enter Name, Date of Birth, Contact details, and E-mail-id.
  • A system generated XAT login ID and password will be sent to you through Email/SMS.
  • Students should note down XAT ID and password for future use.
  • After registering, the candidate should fill personal details and other educational background details. Finally, the candidate should upload necessary documents (as per the given specifications).
  • The final step is to pay the application fee and click on the Submit button.

XAT 2021 Admit Card

XAT 2021 Admit Card will be released on December 21, 2020. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry their Admit Cards on the date of the examination. Failing to adhere to this will result in not being allowed to attend the exam. 

The hall ticket includes the name of the candidate, hall ticket number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and do's and things that are restricted inside the test centre.

Aspirants will be allowed to enter into the examination centre only if they carry their valid XAT 2021 Admit Card & photo ID proof with them.

In case, a candidate finds errors on the admit card such as the spelling of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report it to the concerned authority.

How to Download the XAT Admit Card?

Procedure to download and save the XAT admit card is given below.

  • Candidates should visit the official website.
  • Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials: your user ID and password that was provided after registration.
  • After logging in you have to click on the "Download Admit Card option" and your download will start. You can print 2 copies of your admit card.

XAT 2021 Exam Centres

Students or candidates can select the XAT exam centres while filling the XAT form. There will be multiple fields to select test cities as per the aspirant's preference.

There are over 70 cities chosen as exam centres for XAT 2021. The test centres in the first preference are generally allotted to a candidate. However, in some cases, the conducting authority will give a different XAT exam centre as per the order of preference.

It might occur if the total number of candidates in a particular exam centre exceeds a certain limit or due to some other valid reason.

How to Prepare for XAT 2021?

The best way to prepare for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. XAT is slightly different from the other MBA exams. It is very important for the candidates to know about the techniques and ways by which they can clear the XAT exam and score high. Strategies and plannings will allow the candidates to understand the different types of questions that can be asked in the question paper and also let them prepare exceptionally well. Candidates can follow the tips given below.

Plan Properly

Candidates should plan very well prior to starting the preparation process. They should make a time table or a chart which should be followed by the candidates properly in order to stay on course and not deviate from the course of preparation. It is very important for the candidates to follow the plan throughout the preparation process. The candidates should plan for the XAT 2021 Exam accordingly and prepare. 

Be Focused and Stay Calm

Preparing for XAT Exam and clearing the exam would be easy if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Lack of either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up. This exam consists of a decision making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused. Lack of concentration will deviate you from the course of preparation and the topics cannot be learnt with full understanding. Hence it is very important to be focused.

Attempt Only the Ones You Can Solve

XAT exam has negative marking. You cannot afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you really know. Only after attempting all the questions that you know, should you try attending the remaining questions. It is advised to leave any question that is doubtful, in order to avoid negative marking. Another aspect associated with this is that the candidates need not waste excess of time for the questions that are uncertain and this way more time can be spent on known questions.

Time Management

If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo the rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarised with the syllabus and exam pattern. Attending the exam by efficiently optimizing time not only saves time but also allows you to check the answers that are answered already. 

Mock Test

Mock tests form an integral part of the preparation phase. It is important to take as many mocks as possible and analyze it fully to improve the scores. It helps you to practise and perform better in the actual exam. It also helps you to optimize time during the actual test. You will also be able to prioritize and carefully use time on questions that require a lot of time and those which do not. 

Previous-year Test Papers

You can prepare using the previous year question papers also as that will help you get an idea of the actual test. It helps you to understand the type and distribution of questions in the question paper. This way you can anticipate questions and orders by which they will be asked in the exam.

XAT 2021 Answer Key

The XLRI Jameshedpur announced the XAT 2021 final answer key for the MBA entrance test on January 09, 2021 . The XAT 2021 answer key has been announced after almost seven days since the announcement of response sheet. 

Candidate can check the XAT Answer key by clicking on the link given below.


XAT 2021 Result

XAT 2021 Result will be declared by January 31, 2021. The result will be prepared on the basis of the exam and a merit list will be put on the official website. The scorecard is available for the candidates for download.

Registered candidates after the result declaration on or by January 31, 2021 can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the following.

  • Sectional scores
  • Sectional percentile
  • Overall score
  • Overall percentile
  • The validity of the scorecard and
  • The candidate details as mentioned in the application form.

How to Check XAT Results?

  • Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2021 Result.
  • The candidate will be provided with XAT User ID and password using which they can log in to the official exam website and check their result.

XAT response sheets are generally released every year before the results. XAT 2021 response sheets can, therefore, be expected in the 2nd week of January.

XAT 2021 Cut Off

XAT 2021 Cut Off is decided on the basis of

  • the number of applicants,
  • the difficulty of the paper,
  • the number of seats in participating colleges.

In order to be eligible to face the selection rounds, the candidate has to cross the cut-off score. The XAT cut-off varies from one institute to the other.

Cutoff for the year 2021 is tabulated below. The cutoff for 2021 will be almost the same. Although, the expected 2021 cutoff will be published shortly.


The cutoff marks for BM are tabulated below:

XLRI 2021 Cutoff for BM
Gender Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Decision Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall
Male 74 78 85 95
Female 72 74 75 93


The cutoff for PGDM are tabulated below:

XLRI 2021 Cutoff for HRM
Gender Decision Making (DM) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Quantitative Ability (QA) Overall
Male Engineer 79 73 75 93
Female Engineer 74 68 70 91
Male Non-Engineer 78 73 70 90
Female Non- Engineer 73 68 65 88

XAT 2021 Selection Criteria

Candidates can apply for more than one program with an additional fee for each. If that candidate clears the cutoff and XAT 2021 Selection Criteria then he or she will be called for the selection process.

The selection process generally consists of:

  • GD (Group Discussion)
  • Writing
  • PI (Personal Interview) rounds.

Based on the performance of the student in these rounds he or she will be admitted for a program.

Call letters will be sent by mail to each of the qualified candidates and one has to report to the location to attend the XAT counselling process.

XAT 2021 Counseling

Candidates have to go through a counselling procedure to gain admission to the B-schools. After the XAT 2021 results and merit lists are out, candidates can submit the marks carefully to the desired colleges. The colleges will reach out to qualified candidates for the counselling procedure. The counselling procedure will be held in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Jamshedpur in the month of February 2021 and March 2021 tentatively as of now. The counselling will contain the selection criteria rounds as mentioned above. XLRI will go through the overall performance of the respective candidates and publish a final list of the selected candidates. Some of the factors mentioned below can also be a plus point for the selection of the candidates:

  • Work experience
  • Extra curriculum
  • Academic Records

XAT Paper Analysis

A general analysis of the XAT Question Paper is given below:

  • XAT 2021 had been conducted for 3½ hours duration (3 hours for Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning + 1/2 hour for General Knowledge). Hence for 2021 also, it is expected to be the same.
  • For Visually Impaired candidates with a scribe, an extra time of 25 minutes will be provided only for attempting Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning of XAT exam.
  • The Total Number of Questions for the XAT 2021 exam was 100 (74+25). This year, it can be expected to be around 100 again. However, XLRI has the habit of surprising everyone. There might be more or fewer questions but the type of questions will remain the same. 
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate. A negative marking of 0.25 marks will be applicable for each wrongly answered question. There is no negative marking for any questions in the General Knowledge section. Also, there would be no essay writing test in XAT 2021.

XAT Exam Contact Information

If candidates have any doubts or queries then they can contact the concerned authorities. The contact details are given below.

  • Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
  • Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
  • Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
  • Visit: www.xatonline.in/www.xlri.ac.in
  • Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008
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Frequently Asked Questions

There are three rounds in the selection procedure (counseling), namely GD (group discussion), Writing, and PI (personal interview)

XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme in XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.

According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn't invite negative marks by answering questions wrongly.

Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.

The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.

After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.

The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.

You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained to date and can enter them.

The exam consists of 4 sections, which areĀ Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA and LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA and DI) and General Knowledge (GK). Some colleges do not consider GK's marks in percentile.

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Discussion Forum



Hi Saswat,

Yes, these are all tentative dates so you can expect other dates as well.

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 May 2018


Hi Raj pal,

Yes XAT checks academic performances as you need to keep 50% in aggregate as an eligibility criteria.

Answer By: Getmyuni

14 May 2018



Hi Vidhusi,

The last date to fill the SSC MTS online application form isĀ 31st August 2020.

Click here to read other details of the application form.

Good Luck.

Answer By: Getmyuni

14 May 2018


From where we get the application form of SSC MTS ?

Asked By: Anonymous 14 May 2018


Hi Pragya,

SSC MTS Exam Application Form 2020 is available only on the official website.

Click here to read other details of the application form.

Good Luck.

Answer By: Getmyuni

14 May 2018


Hi Joya,

Yes, it is good to do so. Many companies recruit candidates with working experience.

Answer By: Getmyuni

14 May 2018

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